Have you ever wondered how many people do underage drinking? or weather their are more females or males? well here is your chance.
Today while surfing on facebook through some random photographs, i realized that they were drinking, and were obviously too young, because they were my age! So this got me on a train-of-thought, and all of a sudden, poof! Underage drinking was entered in the google search bar.
The first thing i found was actually quite disturbing;
I discovered that in the year 2007, a survey of students from high schools was taken, and here are the results:
* 45% drank some amount of alcohol.
* 26% binge drank.
* 11% drove after drinking alcohol.
* 29% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
Essentially 45% of high school students who were underage drank! To me that is quite surprising, considering most of my friends do not, but on the other hand, on the other portion of people, they are always drinking, doing drugs and what ever you can think of.
If you click here, you can find the survey taken, and other links to different statistics including a 2006 drug usage analysis.
Another wonderful page that provides information on this topic is: http://alcoholnews.org/underage_drink.html
This page includes not only some statistics, but a bit of history. if you quite interested in this topic, you may want to go grab yourself a cup of coffee, and check it out.
After visiting : http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/AboutNIAAA/NIAAASponsoredProgra
I found the content extremely interesting, and i quote from them, "Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings (For references, see NIAAA’s publication Alcohol Alert No. 67, Underage Drinking." Even though statistically the numbers are quite small, they are still surprising and interesting.
Now after being engulfed by a pile of information, what do you think about "underage drinking?"